Contributed by: Graeme Carey
The Singapore Wombats proved to be too fit and too powerful for the Malaysian Warriors in a tough encounter played in wet conditions at Alice Smith ground in Kuala Lumpur on 23rd August.
After an even first quarter, the Wombats' resilience, superior teamwork and ability to run enabled them to eke out a comfortable 8.7.55 to 2.8.20 victory, thereby regaining the Changi Cup, a trophy they lost for the first time last year, and extending their dominance over traditional rivals Malaysia to 20 wins against just four losses since the year 2000.
The Wombats' fitness, depth and well organized team plan provided an ominous warning to the teams they will meet in the forthcoming Asian Championships to be played in Singapore on 6th September, 2008. Whilst the Warriors suffered their first home loss in over 2 years there were times particularly in the first half where their play on style put the Wombats under real pressure, however a lack of fitness, the wet ball and costly turnovers proved fatal in the long run.
A full report will be available on the Warriors website shortly.
Separate to the main event, it was excellent to see a good turnout of over 40 kids for the Auskick, this is certainly a great initiative and needs to be fully encouraged and promoted by all clubs in the Asian region.
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Singapore:- Taylor 3, Wigg 2, Brewster, Barker, Pope
Malaysia :- McDonough, Sargeant
Singapore:- Ashton, Barker, Taylor, Brewster, Milosevic
Malaysia:- Vogels, McDonough, Cope, Sargeant
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